Happy Vegan Easter

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I’ve always loved Easter, but… it’s not the most vegan-friendly holiday. Let’s change that! Here are some ideas to start new Easter traditions in your home.

Decorating 

Painting “Eggs”

I’ll be honest here – I painted eggs with my mom the first 22 years of my life. It was a fun tradition. Then I went vegan. But just like with food, we don’t have to miss out on activities because we won’t support an industry we know to be cruel. So here are just a few of the fun things you can do instead of painting real chicken eggs.eggnots

  • EggNots – These ceramic eggs are dyeable, last forever for a sweet keepsake, and are made in the USA. On their website you can purchase 6, 12, or 18 packs, dye kits, and more.
    • If you’re on a budget (or in a hurry to purchase) you can definitely find ceramic eggs at craft stores. I’ve also heard they’re available at some Dollar Stores.
  • Wooden Eggs – Fun to paint with acrylics, or beautiful as-is. Pick them up at craft stores or on A
    mazon.
  • Papier-Mache Eggs – If you’re crafty and have time, you can make these adorable papier mache eggs. They can even be filled with treats.

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Easter Baskets 

  • Plastic, Colorful “Grass” – I am moving away from single-use plastics – I’ve purchased glass straws and LOVE them -so I’m not a big fan of the shiny, plastic grass that gets immediately thrown away after the holiday (although my mom probably kept that stuff for years in the attic with the rest of the decorations). The good news is you can find recyclable,paper grass at craft stores in the party section, or at natural food stores for Easter.

 

  • Chocolate & Treats – There are so many cruelty-free goodies out there, don’t stress about what to gift in the Easter basket! You can find vegan chocolates at grocery stores, but here are some extra-fun options to order:
    • Sjaaks – Chocolate bunnies & eggs
    • Rose City – Gourmet chocolate miniatures
    • No Whey – Chocolate bunnies & eggs

 

Games 

  • Hiding Eggs – Again, if you’re trying to stay away from the plastic eggs, why not use those ceramic or wooden ones you already painted, and let the kids trade them in for treats?

 

Snacks

My favorite part of any holiday (and basically every day)! Here are some healthy, and less healthy, options to choose from.

  • Watermelon – Use those adorable bunny-shaped cookie cutters on slices of watermelon! It’s too cute, I can’t even handle it. Cube up the rest with some of easterfruityour other favorite fruits.

 

  • Easter Bunny’s Garden – Simply your standard veggie platter with hummus for dipping.

 

  • Potato Angels – A fun alternative to deviled eggs. Use small round potatoespotatoangels and boil or bake until tender. Cut in half and slice a thin piece off the bottom so they’ll stand upright. Scoop out the middle and mix with whatever you want – this could be traditional deviled egg ingredients (like mustard and mayo) or vegan cheese and green onions.

 

  • Cupcakes – My mom and I always made cupcakes for Easter, topped with green icing, and coconut shreds dyed green to look like grass, with jelly beans to look like Easter eggs. Fun, and easy to make vegan! Surf Sweets and YumEarth, both available at natural foods stores, have vegan jelly beans. Jolly Rancher and Warheads also have some vegan jelly beans.

 

 

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Join us at V-Grits for Easter Dinner! We’re celebrating Friday, March 23rd. Our menu includes sweet-glazed ham, savory mushroom pot pie, glazed carrots, macaroni salad, cheesy scalloped potatoes, jello salad with marshmallows and pretzels, and cadbury-style creme eggs.

Get your ticket here: www.vgrits.com/vegan-supper-club/

 

 

Happiness & hummus,

Chef K

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